If you would like to ride on the beach at sunset or gallop across golden sand for miles, we have horse riding holidays on the beach from as close to home as Ireland to as far away as South Africa or Costa Rica.
These itineraries involve riding on a beach at some point over the course of the holiday and some are entirely focused on exploring the beaches and cliffs of coastlines around the world.
The horses enjoy the beach just as much as we do, there really isn't anything like it - exhilirating is the word! Our beach rides are for those confident in walk trot and canter on a good horse in open space. Horses can naturally get quite excited when they step down onto the sand and they love a good canter or gallop across the water breaks. We're lucky that on some rides, for instance in France, a professional photographer will snap away while you enjoy your ride so you get to take home a photo of you mid-action.
Spotting wildlife on or near the beach and sea is another gem; be it encountering dolphins in Portugal and Uruguay or fish eagles in South Africa, there is always something to see and experience. A waterproof camera, or a waterproof case for your camera, is always a good idea. There are also disposable waterproof cameras on the market that will take quick snaps if you're actually in the water.
If you're longing to ride on a beach be sure to ask your Sales Consultant when looking at holidays so that they can guide you to find the best-suited holiday. Some beach riding itineraries, such as in Spain, don't actually ride on the beach during the busy summer months due to local laws (and the number of tourists lying in the way!). Riding on the beach is also governed by the tide too of course, so itineraries may be changed last minute to accommodate the changing tide patterns.
You've either never ridden or may have had a few lessons. You may be able to trot or ride out at a walk.
You've mastered the basic aids in walk, trot and canter. You're confident on a well-schooled horse in walk, rising trot (posting), and for short periods of canter in a school or even outside.
You're a secure and confident rider on a well-schooled horse at all paces including a fast canter in open country. You're happy to ride for several hours and may have some jumping experience.
You're an experienced rider, confident and relaxed on horseback. You ride regularly, have an independent seat and soft hands. You're capable of handling a spirited horse in open country and are happy to jump. You have experience of riding a variety of horses.
Does not wish to ride.
Like riding at home, service levels, language, standards and comforts similar to home.
A little different from home, there may be language barriers or different ways of doing things, still quite comfortable, may be unpredictable parts or some rugged terrain.
Different accommodations, attitudes or methods of riding are used to normal riding at home, may have challenging terrain, long days or itinerary changes, may involve camping or not so comfortable accommodation. An appetite for exploration and new experiences required.
Extreme adventure, very challenging terrain and possible extreme or fast changing weather requiring adaptation of the itinerary, must be very flexible, good humoured and fit.
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Enjoy a unique short break in this special part of Scandanavia: riding on top-quality Icelandic horses across vast open landscapes and beaches, enjoy boutique accommodation, feast on gourmet home-cooked cuisine and revel in the relaxing spa facilities - perfect!
2017: May to October, please enquire with specific dates.
2017 High Season: 25 June; 2, 9*, 16* July; 13*, 20* Aug
* denotes a camping trail with 2 nights camping.*
Trip Length: 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
Approximate riding time per day: 5 to 6 hours
Meeting point: Bordeaux Airport, France (BOD) Or you can go to Morcenx train station
Riding Ability Required: Confident, fit intermediate riders onwards. Minimum age 12.
Group Size: 4-12
Transfer: 2017: From Bordeaux Airport between 15.00 and 17:00, minimum of 2 people for €45 per person each way. Return transfer for flights departing after 11.00. Payable on site. Hire cars are available at the airport.